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Finial in the form of a lion

Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
Iron Age
10th–9th century B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 12.3 cm (4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

30.587

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

Finial, topped with crouching lion with yawning jaws; large holes for attaching. Dark green, smooth patina. Upper jaw and lower edge broken before burial.

Provenance

By 1930, acquired in Iran, probably by Ayoub Rabenou, Paris; 1930, sold by Rabenou, through Arthur Upham Pope (b. 1881 - d. 1969), Paris, to the MFA [see note]. (Accession Date: August 7, 1930)

NOTE: MFA accession nos. 30.544-30.637 were purchased from Arthur Upham Pope for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission. According to Pope, the majority of the group belonged to Rabenou.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund